- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 - 12
- Series: Lulu Dark
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Razorbill (May 18, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1595141049
- ISBN-13: 978-1595141040
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,596,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From School Library Journal
Grade 9 Up–While at the Big Blonde club, Lulu loses her purse–the one with gorgeous Alfy Romero's phone number in it–and she wants it back. Along with her friends Charlie and Daisy, she sets out to find it and becomes enmeshed in a wild case of identity theft and homicide. Why do people keep telling her that they saw her dancing on tables the night before when she was in bed at 9:30? Just who is the mysterious "Sally Hansen" who spies on them and simultaneously gives herself a manicure? And who is the dead body sporting the silver-shark tattoo that was found in the river? With a flip buoyancy that bops off the page, Lulu Dark and her buddies tackle purse snatchers, apathetic police detectives, society matrons, and murderers with aplomb. Halo City is also a big player in this book, evoking scenes of Gotham City and all of its character. Teens searching for a lighthearted mystery will adore Lulu, and they will eagerly await the next installment in the series.–Lynn Evarts, Sauk Prairie High School, Prairie du Sac, WI
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Gr. 7-10. Lulu Dark insists that she has nothing in common with Nancy Drew: "Girl detectives are prissy busybodies who investigate the disappearance of stolen brooches for old heiresses." Still, after her favorite purse is stolen, Lulu, a junior at a tony high school in fictional Halo City, finds herself chasing down suspects and uncovering a bizarre case of identity theft that leads her to her own doppelganger. The central mystery is somewhat convoluted, the connections are a bit weak, and some readers may find Lulu's sharp tongue (a friend calls her an "uber-bitch") a bit off-putting. But many teens, particularly Gossip Girls fans, will enjoy the almost campy narrative, which is filled with references to fabulous clothes and stylish clubs, as well as the many girl-power asides ("Change your whole personality because a boy tells you [to]? Someone get Gloria Steinem . . . "). Yes, there's mystery, but teens may be more interested in Lulu's growing relationship with gorgeous, patient Charlie, who shifts slowly from best friend to romantic leading man. Gillian Engberg
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Top customer reviews
One of my favorite aspects of the novel is the town Lulu inhabits: Halo City (great name!) Madison gives the city its own feel and topography, and the reader can actively create their own version of Lulu's hometowns and not feel they are missing anything. I've alreayd picked up the second Lulu Dark mystery and look forward to seeing what happens next. Veronica is gone, but teen detectives are still around.
The first thing that I liked a lot about this book was the fact that the plot pulls you into the novel and then twists and turns, which draws you into the book even more. For example, for a majority of the novel, Lulu seemed to have a "stalker" who she dubbed as Sally Hansen, and when "Sally" came up to Lulu, the reader thought "goodbye, Lulu!" Then the author surprised the reader by having "Sally" just give Lulu her purse back. Also the reader expected the novel to be over when Lulu decided that a boy named Alfy Romero murdered Berlin, but when Lulu wanted to go question him, she saw herself/Hattie already with Alfy! It also seems that Hattie murdered Berlin to steal her identity, but really Berlin died of an allergic reaction. The never dull plot kept me engaged in the book the whole time.
Another element of this novel that made it enjoyable to read is how believable and realistic everything was. Lulu and her best friend, Charlie, started to like each other, which made the reader want to know more. That is something that often happens in real life, therefore making the book better than an unbelievable one. Lulu also had enemies, one especially named Rachel Buttersworth-Taylor. When she and Lulu fought or argued, it is very realistic because no one is friends with everyone, so it seemed real that Lulu had her friends and enemies. Lulu was also not prefect. She had a temper, which came out very often, and she talked before thinking. Since both of those were problems readers could relate to, Lulu seems like a real person.
Lulu, Daisy, Charlie, and Hattie were just some of the many characters in this novel. The author made very character come alive, even if they only said one thing, mostly through words and actions. When "Sally Hansen" was described as wearing pink hot pants and gold stiletto heels, she was seen as dangerous and high fashioned through the reader's eyes. Lulu especially was a very well developed character through words, actions, and her sad background. Because her mom moved away and never listened to Lulu, the reader felt sad for Lulu and was on her side, so when "Sally" confronted Lulu, the reader was scared for her. When the reader discovered that Rachel's mom was an alcoholic, even though she was an enemy, the reader could not help feeling bad for her and mad with Lulu for making fun of Rachel's mom.
In conclusion, this novel was filled with mystery, romance, and suspense. The main reason I recommended it, though, was because it was the perfect mystery. The author gave just enough clues to make the case solvable, but it wasn't too obvious, so the reader had to keep reading to discover what the answer was. Also, this novel had the perfect balance of mystery, action, love, and personality. I definitely recommend this wonderful novel to anyone 12 and up, especially girls.
But I finished it, so I guess that says something. I was curious to see if the author could believably have this not-terribly intelligent girl solve a mystery. In my opinion this didn't really pass the believability test, but that's just me. I see plenty of people enjoyed the book, and that there are sequels, so maybe this is just not my thing.